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The Morning After: Portlandia

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I have not, if you are a regular reader of this blog and have been wondering, given up on American Idol, not yet. But I’ve sworn off watching the audition rounds, because of, um, my religion. (Got-other-things-to-do-ism.) Essentially, Idol is two different reality shows, and I’ve pretty much decided to skip the people-singing-badly one that runs in January and February. But those of you who are in it for the long haul saw the auditions move, for the first time, to Portland. IFC sketch comedy shows have taught me to believe that the city is a richer source of bicycling activists and pickling enthusiasts, but apparently Idol found enough aspiring pop singers to fill an hour. (And a baby!)

I’ll re-join the show once it’s winnowed down the finalists for me, but die-hards: how’s the season going so far?